In Senior Word Games, 104-Year-Old Is One to Beat

By Sakata, Joe | The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV), July 15, 2013 | Go to article overview

In Senior Word Games, 104-Year-Old Is One to Beat


Sakata, Joe, The Charleston Gazette (Charleston, WV)


This is an AP Member Exchange story from the Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle.

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. - "When it comes to a monthly wordsmith competition, the folks at the Claire Teague Senior Center know they're actually competing with Joe Tuzzo, who, at 104, is the man to beat.

Senior center officials in Great Barrington promote brain fitness activities, such as the monthly competition that starts with one word and from which players then form new ones using the available letters.

In May, the word was "memorial."

When Tuzzo turned in his list, he had come up with 216 words. With words scribbled on both sides of a sheet of paper, his list included names like "Mira," historical figures like "Mao," and a range of other words from "liar" to "lima."

Tuzzo pointed to the word "Amare" and said, "That's a basketball player," referencing New York Knicks player Amare Stoudemire.

"I've always had a fascination for words," said the former science teacher and Great Barrington resident. "Occasionally I check the dictionary to see a word."

Tuzzo also describes himself as a formidable bridge player. On Tuesday, he was deep into one of the card games - so focused, in fact, a reporter couldn't break him away for an interview. …

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